“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” – Andy Warhol
During our weekly segment with Artist Maria Bou Habib, we discussed the leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art Andy Warhol.
Andy Warhol was born on the 6th of August 1928 and died on the 22nd of February 1987. He is an American artist and a leading figure in pop art. If you take a close look at his work, you can clearly see the relationship between the artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement. He began his career as a commercial illustrator and later became a renowned and controversial artist.
The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the largest museum in the United States of America dedicated to a single artist and holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. Warhol’s artwork ranged from hand drawings to paintings to photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. He was a pioneer in computer-generated art, founded Interview Magazine and was the author of numerous books, such as The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. Andy lived his life as an openly gay man even before the Gay Liberation movement. He gathered at his studio, The Factory, intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.
Warhol coined the widely used expression “15 minutes of fame”. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$100 million for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises.
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